Each of us has endless possibilities before us. And when we become aware of our potential, we are able to find the path in which to flourish.

ClearRock was founded on a deep and long-standing commitment to helping individuals and organizations to develop, improve, and grow in order to reach the highest levels of potential. 

Our team is comprised of mature professionals with decades of experience. We have learned during our years in the field that very little makes up for depth of knowledge and experience, and this informs our process, our approach strategies, and our decisions. This also allows us to have a unique understanding of what individuals and organizations can achieve with the right combination of insight, awareness, and guidance, along with the use of the most current methodologies and tools. 

We apply these same standards and commitment toward reaching our own potential by engaging in ongoing dialogue about our approach, our philosophy, and our delivery standards. 

ClearRock Team


Eleanor A. Eckhoff

Margaret W. McHugh

Laura W. Poisson

Stephanie Scarcella

Kathleen Teehan

Eleanor A. Eckhoff \\

Senior Vice President

Ellie brings extensive experience working with companies across the spectrum of healthcare, life sciences, and the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries. At ClearRock, where she is responsible for strategic business development, she draws on her diverse, multifunctional experience with Fortune 500, mid-size, and start-up companies.

Ellie’s expertise spans commercial effectiveness, sales training and development, leadership development, marketing, and sales management. She brings a seasoned leadership presence and judgment, which has earned her the reputation of being a trusted consultant to senior leaders, particularly while making critical talent and business decisions.

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Margaret W. McHugh \\

Chief Operating Officer & General Manager, Outplacement

Peggy has more than 25 years of operations and management experience with service-related firms. She has developed a solid reputation as a superb project manager with expertise in developing and managing efficient and effective teams.

Prior to joining ClearRock as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Peggy was Vice President, Operations & Administration for a national career transition and executive coaching firm. 

Peggy brings extensive knowledge of the career transition and coaching industry to ClearRock clients, as well as expertise in operations, finance, and project management. She excels at managing large client projects encompassing multiple locations.

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Laura W. Poisson \\


As President of ClearRock, Laura guides the strategic direction, evolution, and growth of its coaching and career transition practices. She recognizes that the talent and dedication of her team are at the core of ClearRock’s success and cultivates an environment of collaboration, transparency, and openness to new ideas. With 20 years of experience in talent management and talent acquisition, Laura is a trusted advisor to business leaders and individuals in creating positive outcomes through all phases of the career and employment lifecycle.

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Stephanie Scarcella \\

As Senior Administrative Assistant, Stephanie plays an integral role in the organizational strength of the company. She provides administrative and communications support to management, sales and delivery staff, as well as client service requests

Stephanie comes to ClearRock from bluebird bio, a fast-paced bio-tech company in Cambridge, MA. In her role as an office coordinator, she leveraged her organizational, communication and event planning skills to support both employees and guests.

Prior roles include Administrative Director at Boston Youth Moves and Social Media Manager at the Boston Opera Collaborative. She received her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Music (Vocal Performance and Opera) from The Boston Conservatory

Kathleen Teehan \\

Kathleen has spent the past 25 years in business development.  Her sales approach and relationship management skills have perpetuated a history of exceptional client retention and lifelong friendships.

As the Vice President of Business Development and Client Services at ClearRock, Kathleen is a partner to senior leaders as they make important decisions that impact their talent and organizational success.  She is a touchstone for her clients and brings keen insights to help them create successful outcomes for onboarding employees, as well as to advancing leaders and assisting those moving on from the organization.


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Gregory M. Gostanian

Geralyn Burke Gray

Patricia M. Keegan, Ed.D.

James H. Kimberly, MSW

Richard A. Petrino, Ph.D.

Anne Hawley Stevens

Lisa Zankman

Gregory M. Gostanian \\

Principal Consultant

Greg has enjoyed working with senior executives for more than 30 years. His career as a consultant, executive coach, executive recruiter and human resources executive has spanned corporations from start-up to Fortune 100. 

Greg is respected for his skill in working with executives from all industries and at all levels including financial services, higher education, defense, manufacturing, high-tech and biotech. His experience in effectively assessing organizations and developing people has contributed to numerous coaching engagements with a particular emphasis on developing leaders. 

Greg is well known for his insight into organization dynamics and his realistic approach to executive coaching.

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Geralyn Burke Gray \\

Senior Consultant 

Geralyn is an accomplished consultant with expertise in executive coaching, corporate human resources, and career management. Her more than 20 years of professional experience includes counseling executives at global organizations in the pharmaceutical, biotech, financial services, high technology, retail, and professional services industries. Geralyn’s leadership roles have given her a deep understanding of organizational and career development issues, and an ability to create counseling strategies and programs specifically tailored to each situation. 

Geralyn’s passion for coaching and career management is evident in her collaborative interactions with clients, quickly building rapport and fostering an open and productive relationship. 

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Patricia M. Keegan, Ed.D. \\

Senior Consultant

Pat is an executive coach with more than 25 years of experience consulting and coaching executives at all levels. She brings her expertise to varying industry sectors that range from large Fortune 500 organizations to non-profits and small entrepreneurial start-ups. 

Pat assists executives in improving leadership and management practices, communication skills, and conflict management. She is also a clinical psychologist and former university professor with a doctorate in education.

Pat brings to each project a keen understanding of interpersonal styles, leadership styles, human motivation, change management, and organizational systems.

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James H. Kimberly, MSW \\

Senior Consultant 

Jim has more than 30 years of business and consulting experience in healthcare, organizational development, and leadership coaching. He works closely with clients to provide individual and team coaching services. Jim coaches clients at all levels (managers/directors, VP’s, C-suite, and founders) to enhance influence, communication, and other key skills to achieve better results.

Jim offers particular expertise in emotional intelligence and coaching skills; helping leaders recognize their strengths, read the emotions of others, and respond in culturally appropriate ways to increase performance.

Jim has worked with firms in many industries from healthcare and financial services to high technology and defense.

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Richard A. Petrino, Ph.D. \\

Senior Consultant 

Rich has been a consultant, coach, and educator for the past 30 years. He has worked with individuals, groups, and teams in a wide range of industries and in a variety of business environments, from rapid-paced start-up companies to complex global corporations. As Corporate Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Learning Officer in a Fortune 100 company, he helped create successful long-term strategic plans and large-scale organizational change in a highly competitive industry. Rich has a practical and results-oriented approach and he is committed to utilizing his extensive experience to support his clients to help them achieve their goals. 

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Anne Hawley Stevens \\

Principal Consultant

Annie established ClearRock in 2000 and has been coaching and supporting executives domestically and in Europe for 20+ years. While working directly with the founders of the executive and career coaching industries, Annie crafted a coaching protocol and roadmap based on years of industry experience coaching hundreds of executives, physicians, and scientists. 

She has extensive experience coaching at all levels of an organization and in numerous industries including financial services, higher education, biotech/pharma, healthcare, non-profits, and retail. Annie is known for empathizing with people’s experiences, and building trusting relationships while still holding people accountable for their behaviors and stated goals.

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Lisa Zankman \\

Senior Consultant

Lisa has more than 30 years of experience supporting and advising mid- and senior-level executives, physicians, and scientists in settings ranging from healthcare and research to financial services, retail, high-tech, biotech, academia, and the public sector. Her senior leadership roles have provided her with insights into managing leaders, staff, teams, and peers in complex organizations.

Lisa has in-depth experience coaching executives, building and managing teams, advising professionals through career changes, and helping teams and individuals to develop innovative solutions to intractable business problems.

Before joining ClearRock, Lisa was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Jean Accorsini

Alexandra R. Chambers

Emily Durbin

Mike Fitzgerald

Heather Holmes Floyd

Julie Kniznik

Michael Mellone

Susan Peppercorn

Erica Rydzewski

Patricia Smith

Selena Tan

Deborah Tyson

Jean Accorsini \\

Senior Consultant

Jean offers more than two decades of career consulting experience and has been recognized for her effectiveness in assessing individual needs and motivating others to develop their abilities.

With a diverse background in business, consulting and education, Jean is able to provide her clients with a rich view of ‘where they have been’ and ‘where they are going,’ offering a plan for individual assessment, career exploration, and personal growth. She has enjoyed the opportunity to work within various industries including healthcare, manufacturing, higher education, financial services, and computer technology; ranging from start-up firms to mid-size and large firms.

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Alexandra R. Chambers \\

Ali is an integral member of the ClearRock team as a trusted partner to individuals in career transition and advisor to the human resources client teams she has supported. She is known for her thoughtful approach to client needs and commitment to building long-standing relationships.

As a career consultant, Ali believes that every transition offers an opportunity for her clients to dig deep to uncover their unique strengths and the value they can bring to a new employer. As individuals successfully transition into their new role, they become part of our alumni community where Ali facilitates programming and content for networking and ongoing career management.


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Emily Durbin \\

Senior Consultant

Emily is a senior career consultant with more than 25 years experience in human resources, training, employee development, and organizational development. Her expertise includes management and career coaching, course design and implementation, project management, and facilitation. She is highly collaborative with strong relationship and interpersonal skills. Emily works closely with clients to motivate, inspire, and guide them toward achieving their professional goals.

Emily has worked as a Vice President of Learning and Development for a financial services organization where she focused on development needs for corporate, operations, technology, and administrative organizations. She also has previous experience in healthcare and manufacturing.

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Mike Fitzgerald \\

Mike Fitzgerald is a career coach and advisor with more than 20 years of experience working with senior level business leaders in virtually all industry sectors. He is passionate about helping individuals identify their hopes, values and goals and ensuring strong alignment of these with their careers.


Mike draws upon his deep experience connecting talent with opportunity through his work in executive search. He has also led efforts to further organizational diversity and inclusion and to develop leadership capabilities in young professionals. Mike is the first recipient of the Bob Gatti Mentor of the Year Award, given by the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA).


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Heather Holmes Floyd \\

Heather is a career consultant and executive coach with more than 25 years of experience.   Heather is passionate about helping people define and achieve their professional and personal goals, while focusing on important success factors that have an impact on outcomes. She enjoys working with clients to help them create integrated approaches aimed at developing a healthy and productive work/life balance.


Heather draws upon her deep knowledge of the medical/ healthcare industry as well as her extensive human resources experience in employee relations, talent acquisition and not-for-profit Board work as she coaches individuals to achieve career success.



Julie Kniznik \\

Senior Consultant

Julie is a seasoned human resources professional with more than 20 years of experience in consulting and corporate management roles. Her background includes expertise in performance management, organization and employee development, strategic compensation design and implementation, and process consultation. She has worked on behalf of companies and organizations in the financial services, technology, healthcare, professional services, and non-profit industries.

Julie is recognized for her ability to connect with all levels of clients to provide the optimal in personal and professional development. She excels in individualized consulting services, as well as, coaching and counseling workshops to help employees and companies achieve their objectives.

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Michael Mellone \\

Senior Consultant

Michael brings more than 30 years of experience in human resource consulting and education to his role as a career consultant. He has significant expertise in career development, placement, training, and partner relocation. Michael has hands-on experience managing college career and graduate programs in business schools, professional schools, and liberal arts colleges. 

A skilled coach and facilitator, Michael has earned a reputation as an excellent career coach, with an expertise in helping clients to develop clear objectives while building personal brands and marketing strategies. His clients include individuals with backgrounds in higher education, health services, life sciences, financial services, and consumer products.

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Susan Peppercorn \\

Senior Consultant

Susan brings two decades of experience in high-tech solution sales, executive education, and career coaching to building trusted client relationships. She is known for becoming a strategic business partner by creating customized solutions to meet clients’ needs.

Susan has coached individuals on all aspects of the job-search process, as well as developed and delivered seminars on personal branding, social media, resiliency, and career management.

Since joining ClearRock, Susan has consulted with professionals in career transition in every industry and at every level. She is intimately familiar with what it takes for individuals in transition to be successful.

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Erica Rydzewski \\

Erica Rydzewski brings more than 15 years of career consulting experience to ClearRock. She is an engaging career coach and facilitator who is recognized for her high touch, energetic, caring and proactive approach with individuals. She has a particular expertise in helping individuals to assess their skills, create a powerful brand through their resume and LinkedIn profile and effectively position themselves for networking and interviewing. 

During her career, Erica has enjoyed all aspects of the career transition field including facilitation of career transition workshops and providing one-on-one coaching to professionals from a diverse range of industries, functions, and organizational levels.

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Patricia Smith \\

Patricia brings 25 + years of experience as an executive career transition leader and trusted adviser to decision makers across many business sectors.  She is known for her business savvy and personal warmth while providing a creative and holistic approach to best meet the interests and goals of each organization and individual.  Patricia is also a certified integral coach with a focus on individuals in mid-life and later who are anticipating or experiencing change in their work/life, feeling stuck, or yearning for something different. 


A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Patricia received her Integral Coaching certification from New Ventures West.  She has been quoted by local and national media, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Life Reimagined AARP, and National Public Radio.  



Selena Tan \\

Senior Consultant

Selena brings more than 20 years of hands-on experience leading and managing human resources, finance, and information technology groups across higher education, not-for-profit, research and development, financial services, and technology organizations. Throughout, she has consistently developed individuals and teams for value-based performance and outcomes.

As a Board Certified Coach (BCC), Selena integrates self-awareness, learning, and innovation into accelerating clients’ long-term professional and personal growth. Taking a whole-person systems approach with leaders and professionals, she makes the transition process relevant and intrinsically rewarding. Her coaching work focuses on leaders of color and professionals being groomed for succession.

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Deborah Tyson \\


Debbie brings 15 years of experience working in the public and non-profit sectors within the fields of education, human resources, and non-profit program management.

As a career transition consultant, her aim is to understand an individual’s key strengths and motivations and to support them in clarifying and reaching their professional goals. Her core passion is helping people to build a meaningful and impactful life both at home, at work, and in the world.

Debbie’s career consulting expertise includes work in the fields of healthcare, biotechnology, professional services, information technology, higher education, and non-profit. She also has an affinity for work with young professionals, working parents, and budding entrepreneurs.

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